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Over the course of half a decade, thanks to a new accord between Audi and joint venture partner FAW, the German automaker will introduce five E-tron models in China, all produced locally.

Audi is seemingly preparing itself for the moment when China’s auto market will account for 40 percent electric new car sales, also looking ready to join the race for long range EVs. Audi hasn’t offered specific model details about the electrified apparitions, but said the company wants to enable ranges of more than 11 miles (500 kilometers) for some of them. “China is the leading market worldwide for electric mobility. With our E-tron initiative, we want to create a compelling premium offer of products and services here,” commented Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at Audi.

Meanwhile, Audi is getting electric serious across the world as well. The E-Tron crossover will be introduced in 2018 as the first foray into the electric strategy and should take on the looks of the E-Tron Quattro Concept. The battery packs will come courtesy of Samsung SDI and LG Chem and offer a range of more than 310 miles (500 kilometers). There’s also an electric sedan and a compact model in the works, as well as rumors about a plug in hybrid and an EV version of the upcoming new Q3.